The Early Radio London Fab Forties
Sunday 30th January 1966

Clipping courtesy of Brian Long

Our busy 'Discatron Man', David Ballantyne has not only gone 'VOOM!' up the Fab Forty, but according to this advertisement, he's a Caroline 'Hot Shot' (shouldn't that be Sure Shot?)! David's also touring the UK's Top Rank ballrooms, and best of all, he's appearing on Associated Rediffusion's famous kids' TV show, 5 O'Clock Club, with Muriel Young, Ollie Beak and Fred Barker!

The Televison Heaven website describes Fred and Ollie as 'the first glove puppets with attitude,' although we at Radio London feel that Sooty is liable to dispute such a claim by squirting them in the face with a water pistol. The site also tells how Beak and Barker were probably the first puppets to be accused of using foul language on a children's show! (In Ollie's case, it must have been 'fowl' language!)

There are in fact 44 singles in this week's Fab 'Forty'. Two singles sharing the same position is a common Radio London event. However, we have a unique situation for this week's Big L chart, where two different versions of the same song have climbed it in tandem, gained the top spot and held it jointly for two weeks running! There's another Beatles song at #17, where St Louis Union and Truth battle it out with their recordings of 'Girl'. At #26 Stevie Lewis continues to have to share her 'Take Me For A Little While' Fab Forty glory with the Koobas and new at #34, there's a battle for a little bit of musical soap, between Craig and The Exciters.

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Week
Week
1
1
Michelle David & Jonathan / Overlanders
4
2
Love's Just A Broken Heart Cilla Black
2
3
My Girl Otis Redding
6
4
Like A Baby Len Barry
10
5
Second Hand Rose Barbra Streisand
11
6
A Groovy Kind Of Love Mindbenders
40
7
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Nancy Sinatra
9
8
Mirror Mirror Pinkerton's Assorted Colours
13
9
I Can't Express It David Ballantyne
14
10
Don't Make Me Over Swinging Blue Jeans
18
11
Midnight To Six Man Pretty Things
19
12
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice Lovin' Spoonful
22
13
Attack Toys
15
14
Tchaikovsky One Second City Sound
8
15
Till The End Of The Day Kinks
16
16
Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart Roy Orbison
38
17
Girl St Louis Union / Truth
20
18
Have Pity On The Boy Paul & Barry Ryan
7
19
A Must To Avoid Herman's Hermits
27
20
Call Me Lulu
29
21
This Golden Ring Fortunes
34
22
When You Move You Lose Keith Powell & Billie Davis
30
23
Little By Little Dusty Springfield
21
24
Keep On Running Spencer Davis Group
26
25
Can't Help Thinking About Me David Bowie & the Lower Third
3
26
Take Me For A Little While Stevie Lewis / Koobas
32
27
Tomorrow Sandie Shaw
5
28
Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
31
29
Remember You Zombies
28
30
Think Chris Farlowe
33
31
This Man's Got No Luck Gary Benson
32
Sha La La La Lee Small Faces
35
33
Waiting Here For Someone Neil Landon
34
A Little Bit Of Soap Craig / Exciters
35
Teenage Failure Chad & Jeremy
36
Cry Cry Cry Riot Squad
37
37
Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder
38
The Same Old Room Bobby Shafto
39
You Baby Jackie Trent
40
A Walk In The Black Forest (Our Walk Of Love) Salena Jones

40
A Walk In The Black Forest (Our Walk Of Love) Salena Jones Columbia DB 7818

Not typical of the Radio London playlist, Salena Jones's jazz vocal version of the Horst Jankowski success from the previous summer was in the Fab Forty for just one week. But Salena returned to the airwaves in May 1967, when her version of Respect received equal Radio London airing with Aretha Franklin's until the two recordings hit #23. The following week Salena had vanished and Aretha was alone at #11.

Disc of the Week:
He's A Good Face Gaylords Columbia DB78905

 

He's A Good Face Gaylords Columbia DB78905

The full title of the single and artists shown on this demo copy (left) is He's a Good Face, but he's Down and Out, by Dean Ford and the Gaylords. The Record Collector Price Guide lists the full title, but names the band as simply the Gaylords.

Dean Ford and the Gaylords, was formed in Glasgow in 1960 and signed to the Columbia label by Norrie Paramour. Four singles sold well locally, if not nationally and fans voted them Scotland's Top Group.

Dean Ford's real name was Thomas McAleese. The Gaylords were William 'Junior' Campbell (lead guitar), Raymond Duffy (drums), Pat Fairlie (guitar/6 string bass) and Graham Knight (bass).

Gaylords was the name of an infamous Chicago gang, although the connection seems to have been lost on whoever organised the band publicity shoot for the newspaper clipping that appears on the Rocking Scots website. They are, as the webmaster points out, dressed like Lord Snooty and his pals! Chicago gang members (who probably would not have been seen dead in Lord Snooty garb) sported a 'uniform' of sweaters in gang colours customised with their club badge.

When, looking for fame further afield, the Gaylords moved to London (and perhaps because a Jamaican ska outfit named the Gaylords also released a single in 1966) Scotland's Top Band became Marmalade.To seal the link with preserves, they borrowed the famous (and later contentious) Robertson's Golly trademark to embellish their bass drum.

Although their biggest hits came after the demise of Radio London, Marmalade reappeared on the Big L playlist with Keith Skues's climber on September 4th with It's All Leading Up To Saturday Night and Can't Stop Now became a one-week climber on April 9th 1967.

He's a Good Face appears on the Rockin' With the Pirates CD.

All fifteen yards of the Kenny and Cash scarf – tied around a drainpipe in the middle and held at either end by Mary (white Beatle sweatshirt) and Club Official, Mozz

Mary Payne, Knees Club Founder, recalls the week's Big L highlights

February 1st, 1966 was the date when Camp Coffee began sponsoring TW's 11am Coffee Break spot, while Cema Bingo cut its regular slot by half, to 15 minutes

Saturday, February 5th was an exciting day for me. At around 10.45am, TW thanked the Knees Club for the birthday card we had sent him.

Later, Lynn and I caught the train for our second visit to London's Marquee Club in Wardour Street, for the Radio London Club Afternoon.

We kissed Dave Cash (member #10) and got him to autograph both my Knees Club card and my knee! (I have to kneeport that his has since washed off.) Dave promised to promote the club on his Rabbit Patch programme and gave a public plug to Knees Monthly during the Marquee show,

Dave also confirmed that he still had in his possession the Kenny and Cash scarf! In fact he told us he had recently worn it to host a disco! Dr Who's famous garment had nothing on the 15-yard-long multi-coloured scarf to which my friends and I had contributed knitted segments of varying lengths (and widths!) in the summer of 1965, for the benefit of Kenny and Cash. At our school fete, we'd even run a fund-raising 'guess the length of the scarf' stall!

My diary records that I also entered a Marquee mime competition, (I didn't win) but fails to mention the name of the record I was miming to!

See the Knees Club 40th Anniversary feature.


The Caroline 'Countdown Sixty' chart (south ship) for this week is here


Tune in next week for another Big L Fab 40!


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